Not too far into the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, the Montreal Canadiens were already down to just five defenders. Tom Gilbert left the game early on with a lower-body injury.
The team announced before the end of the first period that the defenseman would not return to the game.
The Canadiens got out of the first period with a 1-0 deficit after having a close call and review go their way, largely because there was not a good look at the puck from any angle.
Le défenseur Tom Gilbert ne sera pas de retour ce soir (blessé – bas du corps) Defenseman Tom Gilbert will not return (lower body injury).
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 23, 2015
At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any obvious moment where Gilbert was injured during play and the team hasn’t offered anything more than that he has a lower-body injury. We’ll update the post when more information becomes available.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.